This tour offers a little bit of everything for the adventurous.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type10+, Family, Winter
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
If you thought running a dog team by day was an experience then you will love running the Southern Alps trails by night with just the moon and your headlamp lighting the way as your team cuts through the night, only the sound of feet, your sled runners and the breath of your dogs in your headlamp. This coupled with a buffet meal in the Snow Farm lodge is an unforgettable way to finish off your day.
Duration – allow 4 and a half hours for the complete experience which includes an introduction to the dogs, tuition, a daylight run, a night run and a buffet meal.
Tour Type – this is a “Drive Your Own Team” tour (Self Drive). You will join a group of other guests unless a private tour is specifically requested (this will incur additional cost)
Configuration – one guest per sled. Guests are not able to sit in the basket of a sled driven by another guest for safety reasons.
Driving another guest in your basket
Driving your own team
- Maximum weight – 115kg
- Minimum age of children riding – 10 years old, however there are exceptions so please call and ask.
- A basic level of fitness is required (the ability to walk up a hill), however guides can assist in difficult sections.
- We provide the ride (team of dogs, sled, guide and stunning alpine trails)
- A Guide to lead the group
- A headlamp
- Buffet meal
- Transport to and from the tour site
- Warm weather clothing
Starting late afternoon the tour begins with an introduction to the dogs and then straight into some instruction so you can take the reigns of your own dog team for a daylight training run (1hour run).
After the training run concludes we get the dogs settled and discuss running at night while we wait for the sun to set. The run itself will see us head out on an 8km run through the mountains. It is an experience you will never forget.
Feed the dogs...and yourself
When we get back in it is time to get the dogs fed and settled after which we enjoy a buffet meal in the Snow Farm lodge and have the opportunity to relax and talk about your trip..
Ski type clothing is perfect. Please ensure you wear layers so you can warm up or cool down as needed. A warm hat and gloves are essential. Hiking type boots are ideal, something you can walk on snow in and not get wet if the days warms up a little. Bring a change of socks if you think your feet might get wet. A neck warmer / Scarf is a great idea also. Bring your sun glasses as well.
We have taken thousands of people out on the self drive tour and its very straightforward if you listen to your guide. A majority of guests have never met a dog team before let alone driven one but they do awesome. We highly recommend you drive your own team. A guide will be in support throughout the tour.
This may be common practice overseas, we do not allow it here. This is due to the nature of the trails, it can be technical in places and should you flip or loose your sled then the passenger could get easily hurt. Our Guides are specially training to take guests in the baskets.
No we do not advise this. You do so at your own risk.
A basic level of fitness is required, the ability to walk up a hill in snow is adequate. Whilst the dogs do a majority of work there are some hills they do need help on. Our guides are there to support and will assist if you need it. Please consider that the tours operate at approximately 1500m (5000ft). This can make things a little more difficult then you would normally expect at sea level.
No not at all, you would have already taken part in a 1 hour daylight run before hand. We find guests tend to drive better at night as there are less distractions….and the dogs love it.